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Volume 4, Issue 5 May 2019

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The Villages® Philharmonic Orchestra Linda Eder

Judith Farris Vocal Master Classes Growing Bolder

Children’s Theatre Camp The VCS Performing Arts Academy The Studio Theatre Now. Here. This. Season 4 Show Lineup Backstage at The Sharon Backstage at The Studio Show Calendar

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A Word From

Volume 4, Issue 5 | May 2019

WHITNEY

Whitney Morse, Artistic Director, The Sharon® L. Morse Performing Arts Center

Now. Here. This. at The Studio Theatre™ Come see me back on The Studio’s stage for this Summer’s Song Cycle! Now. Here. This. is a funny musical you won’t want to miss THIS MONTH at The Studio Theatre™! My co-stars are fan favorites Chantelle Cognevich & David Paul Rowan from It Shoulda Been You and Chicago native, Nick Shoda! Amoebas, amino acids, and a giant-ass rock. Journey with us through time and space in this cosmic comedy as we join four friends in the Natural History Museum. What I love most about this musical is how personal it is. It was derived from four people’s lives and real-life stories and they get really honest and raw with what they are bringing to the script. But it’s also really, really funny!

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Magic Moments in Opera

Overture I’ll Barbiere di Siviglia Non ti scordar di me (Francesco) il balen del suo sorriso (Sean) Ebben ne’ andro’ lontana (Anna) Tu Che m’hai preso I’ll cuor (Francesco) Rivilgete a lui lo sguardo (Sean) La Donna e’ mobile (Francesco) Caro Nome (Anna) Mamma (Francesco)

Overture Le Nozze di Figaro il lamento di Federico (Francesco) Prologo pagliacci (Sean) Vissi d’arte (Anna) E lucevan le stelle (Francesco) Libiamo ne’ lieti calici (Anna and Francesco) Toreador (Sean) Ness in dorma (Francesco) Con te partiro’ (Anna & Francesco)


ANNA ESCHBACH Soprano, Anna Eschbach, is an active performer and private voice instructor in the Central Florida area. She received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Appalachian State University and her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Born and raised in Orlando, Ms. Eschbach has performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras throughout Florida including the Bel Canto Singers, The Villages Philharmonic, and the Orlando Philharmonic. In addition, she frequently travels abroad for singing engagements, including places such as the UK, Switzerland, and most recently Kenya. Known for her performance in oratorio, her latest guest solo appearances include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noel, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes, Rutter’s Gloria and Magnificat, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria, as well as Handel’s Messiah. Currently, Ms. Eschbach runs a thriving private voice studio in the Orlando area, teaching at Dr. Phillips High School, and serves on the voice faculty at Rollins College. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ms. Eschbach performs full time with the Basilica Choir of Mary, Queen of the Universe and the Festival Singers of Florida, in addition to her all-female professional ensemble, Helena. FRANCESCO MALAPENA Born in Naples, Francesco Leone has successfully climbed to the top of his field. From the age of six, having already developed his remarkable musical qualities, he first started his studies of violin at the Conservatory of Music San Pietro a Majella of Naples, where later he also studied mandolin and singing. Winner of the “E. Caruso” award in 2004, a competition exclusively for tenors, critic’s wrote: “Born exactly one hundred years after the Neapolitan “Grand Tenor,” Francesco Malapena is the heirpotential of the mythical Enrico Caruso, being endowed with a gilded vocal tone and a truly rare ability to interpret. His vocalism blends perfectly with his abilities; a multi-instrumental musician.” SEAN STORK Sean Christopher Stork, lyric baritone, has been a regular guest artist with several Symphonic Orchestras and Opera Companies since 2001 including Opera Tampa, Lakeland Opera, and First Coast Opera, as well as the Villages Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic, Space Coast Symphony, and Imperial Symphony Orchestras. He has made his unique mark on such roles as Tonio in I Pagliacci, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Carmen, and musical theater roles such as Hucklebee in The Fantasticks and Harold Hill in The Music Man. Sean has also been a featured Master Work soloist for such works as Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in Dm, Giacomo Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Ralph Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem. A strong supporter of modern music and active composer and arranger, Sean performed on recordings of new works and has commissioned works for several orchestral and vocal groups across the state including The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra and The Basilica Choir of Mary, Queen Of The Universe. Upcoming credits include soloist in Carmina Burana with the St Augustine Community Chorus, Le Dancaïre in Carmen with Opera Tampa, and Mr. Ford in Falstaff with Diversitá Opera. For more information, go to www.seanstork.com.

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Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, Standards, Pop, Country, and Jazz. When she performs “live” in concert, it is amazing to experience the ease with which she moves back and forth from one genre to another as if she were gifted with the vocal ability to perform each genre as well as all the others. Born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, Eder began her career right out of high school singing all around her home state, and she eventually landed a gig at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. But it was her appearance on the 1987 season of “Star Search,” during which she won for an unprecedented 12 straight weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike. Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her selftitled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America’s most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of Pop, Standard and Theatrical genres. She released two more solo albums before starring in the Broadway production of JEKYLL & HYDE beginning on April 28, 1997. As the tragic character “Lucy” in this new musical, Eder blew the roof off New York City’s Plymouth Theatre eight times a week as she belted out her signature songs “Someone Like You” and “A New Life.” Her Broadway debut, for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination, sent her already rapidly rising star blazing across the sky securing her a spot as one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic “live” performers. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “What do we mean when we use the word perfection? The question arises every time I watch the pop singer Linda Eder….” After leaving Broadway, Eder’s recording career continued “full steam ahead” with her discography to date being comprised of 18 solo recordings and numerous musical recordings. She focused on mostly Broadway, Standard and Pop music for many years, which highlighted her abundant vocal gifts as well as her skill for delivering dramatic, emotionally resonant interpretations of mostly familiar songs while making them her own. Her highly successful first Christmas album, CHRISTMAS STAYS THE SAME, is a perfect example of the way she is able to transform and interpret best loved Christmas music and make it her own without compromising the original. In 2008, Eder stepped outside the box and her familiar “wheelhouse” to record THE OTHER SIDE OF ME, a Country Pop blend of contemporary music, which included a song written by Linda herself. And, in June, 2010, she and Clay Aiken covered Roy Orbison’s “Crying” as a duet on Aiken’s album, TRIED & TRUE. In 2013, Linda established her own record company under the name Tressamail, Inc., and in that same year

she released her first recording on that newly established label, the highly acclaimed CHRISTMAS WHERE YOU ARE. This CD features 12 tracks – six selected by her fans via social media and two originals from Eder herself. It also featured a unique twist on the classic, ”Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which Linda rewrote and recorded with her teenage son, Jake. It was to represent a classic mother-son debate over going outside to play in a snow storm. Eder has released three additional recordings on her own record label. In 2014, she released her first ever “live” CD, LINDALIVE, which was recorded in Saratoga, New York before a wildly enthusiastic crowd. In November, 2015, she released RETRO VOLUME 1. This recording features 14 tracks written by Frank Wildhorn, Jack Murphy, Jason Howland, Leslie Bricusse, Nan Knighton, Baird Jarman, and Maury Yeston. It is filled with the kind of lush, sweeping Broadway-esque melodies that first introduced Linda’s voice to her many fans. In 2018, Linda recorded her 17th solo album, a Broadway/ Standards CD entitled IF YOU SEE ME, with music for the title track written by her son, Jake Wildhorn, and lyrics written by Linda herself. She has also put out her first “behind the scenes” DVD entitled THE OTHER SIDE compiled from personal moments at work and at home over a three year period and culminating with the making of her new CD (IF YOU SEE ME). She has appeared on television numerous times. TrailMIX, her prime time Animal Planet special about singers with a passion for horses, was a natural extension of her love for animals and featured Linda interviewing fellow recording artists and performers Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, Rob Thomas, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. She has been featured on numerous PBS television concert specials including Clay Aiken’s Tried & True, Hallelujah Broadway, Linda Eder: The PBS Concert, Best of Broadway: Broadway The Leading Ladies, Best of Broadway: The Love Songs, Jim Brickman Plays The Disney Songbook, and more. Her 2001 Holiday Concert, Christmas Stays the Same, was broadcast on Bravo TV and continues to be a popular selling DVD. The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder’s career. She has performed for sold-out crowds in venues across the country and throughout Europe. She has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, The Palace Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap, New York City’s Town Hall, Davies Hall, among many others. Always touring in great company, her collaborators have included the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Emmy and Grammy winner Michael Feinstein, and conductor of the Boston Pops Keith Lockhart. Eder is happiest on stage singing for her audiences and spreading the joy she exudes.

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MAY 28

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Judith Farris

Vocal Master Classes with Gary Powell

Learn from Judith Farris, professional singer, vocal teacher, and vocal therapist in her upcoming vocal master classes. Accompaniment by Gary Powell. If you are a participant, please bring your own sheet music to work on with Ms. Farris in your correct key. Observers will not be singing, but observing the lessons of the participants. Limited availability for Participants.


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$20 & $35 7PM

This show will be taped live at The Sharon® for national public television broadcast!

Marc Middleton has long inspired individuals from all walks of life who seek to live their lives to the fullest. He has personally impacted my life in profound ways and I am so excited for all those who will benefit from hearing him speak.

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Doug Ulman, President and CEO, Pelotonia, Former President and CEO of Livestrong

If you’re discouraged by the thought of growing older, listen to Marc Middleton. He exposes the lies, reveals the truth and provides the pathway to a better tomorrow. Rowdy Gaines, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and NBC Sports Broadcaster

I have worked with everyone from Martha Stewart to Dr. Oz who are no strangers to THE antiaging movement but Marc Middleton is THE rock star. Lisa Lynn Celebrity Fitness and Metabolic Expert, Wall Street Journal best Selling Author


An educational summit and a Ted Talk all rolled into a fast–paced, entertaining presentation! MARC MIDDLETON is founder and CEO of Growing Bolder. He is a multiple Emmy Awardwinning broadcaster, author, world-champion athlete, documentary filmmaker, activist and is in high-demand nationally as a motivational speaker. Middleton is the recipient of the DuPont Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Florida Senior Vision Media Award and the Changing the Way the World Ages Award. During his illustrious journalism career, he was the three-time recipient of networks. He is a seven-time Masters Swimming National Champion and received a bronze medal in hurdles. His book, “Growing Bolder: Defy the Cult of Youth, Live with Passion and Purpose,” was just released and is available from Amazon.com. DR. ROGER LANDRY, author of “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging,” is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health. He is president of Masterpiece Living, which helps communities become destinations for continued growth. Dr. Landry is a highly-decorated colonel and chief flight surgeon at the Air Force Surgeon General’s Office in Washington, D.C. His medical career has included the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and U.S. shuttle launches. DIANA NYAD is best known for being the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West unaided by a shark tank. She completed this amazing feat at age 64 – it was her fifth attempt. She is an author of four books and a contributor to the “New York Times,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and CBS’ “Sunday Morning.” She is the co-founder of BravaBody, an exercise program for women over 40. Her epic swim from Havana to Key West was the subject of a documentary. She has set numerous records for endurance swimming. ROWDY GAINES is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a swimming analyst for ESPN and NBC networks and has covered the last six Olympic Games. He is a 10-time world record holder; and in 2011, Gaines broke the 50-54 age group record in the long-course 100m freestyle. He resides with his family in Lake Mary where he is executive director of Rowdy’s Kidz, a charitable program. Gaines is the subject of the film, “Rowdy Rising: From Rejected to Unrivaled.” DR. BILL THOMAS an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit the Eden Alternative credited with deinstitutionalizing nursing homes worldwide. He is the creator of The Green House which Provider Magazine has called the “pinnacle of culture change.” Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders. His synthesis of imagination and action led the Wall Street Journal to highlight Dr. Thomas as one of the nation’s “top 10 innovators” changing the future of retirement in America and US News and World Report to name him as one of “America’s best leaders.” Now in his 60s, he’s reinvented himself as a provocative onstage performer and his Age of Disruption Tour is transforming the way we all view aging. JIM “MR. ENERGY” SMITH JR. is the best-selling author of “The No Excuse Guide to Success,” which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He is a popular motivational speaker and international trainer who has empowered tens of thousands to reach their full potential. He is the president and CEO of Jim Smith Jr. International, where he conducts workshops and coaches people to not just think outside the box but to get rid of their box altogether. He is the author of several books and teaches at Rutgers and Temple University.

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CAMP REGISTER AT THE CHARTER SCHOOL!

JUNE 3rd-7th & 10th-14th Registration is open for ages 10 to 18 Registration is OPEN! - pick up registration forms at The Villages Charter School Central Office 350 Tatonka Terrace The Villages, FL 32162 (352) 259-6848

Showcase ANNUAL

JUNE 14th • 6pm • $5.00 Held at The Sharon®

CHORAL ARTS • DANCE • DRAMA • MARCHING BAND COLOR GUARD • SOUND & LIGHTS • VIOLIN

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THE STUDIO...

The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol 806 San Marino Drive, The Villages, FL 32159 www.TheSharonStudio.com | (352) 751-7799 #TheStudioTheatreTDS

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FUN. QUIRKY. MUSICAL.

WHITNEY MORSE

NICK SHODA

CHANTELLE COGNEVICH

DAVID PAUL ROWAN

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We, the people, reach across the divide.

A Fair Trade Agreement By Bernardo Cubria

Tom Greenwald & Andrew Lippa Lyrics By

Tom Greenwald

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John & Jen is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Music & Lyrics By

Stephen Sondheim John Weidman Book By

Assassins is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

TICKETS AVAILABLE: June 10th: Deadline to Renew Existing Subscriptions | June 11th: New Subscriptions on sale at 8:30am

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JOHN & JEN Music by Andrew Lippa Lyrics by Tom Greenwald Book by Lippa & Greenwald Honor the old, but live for the new. From secret handshakes to hidden family bonds, this two-person musical presents the question: how can two siblings brought up in the same household become such contrasting adults?

John & Jen is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

John and Jen are always there for each other, but as the country becomes divided over the war in Vietnam, so does the family, and battle lines are drawn between the once-close siblings. From creators Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald, John & Jen is a two-person original musical that honors brothers and sisters, as well as parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990.

NEIGHBORS: A FAIR TRADE AGREEMENT by Bernardo Cubria

A Fair Trade Agreement By Bernardo Cubria

Red, White, and Azul.

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Meet Joe. Joe lives in a big, colorless mansion. Meet José. José lives in a colorful shack. Joe and José are neighbors with a big divide. The creek than runs between their homes doesn’t stop them from digging deep to find their fortunes. This new two-man play is a wild allegory that is seriously funny. Written by Bernardo Cubria, this absurd comedy was a semi-finalist at the 2017 Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. This production will be the South East premiere.

ASSASSINS Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by John Weidman “Angry men don’t write the rules, and guns don’t right the wrongs.” Music & Lyrics By

Stephen Sondheim John Weidman Book By

Assassins is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 30-year-old bold, disturbing, and alarmingly funny musical follows 10 assassins, eight presidents, and one American Dream. Assassins is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. and inspired by true events following the murders of Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy, and the crude attacks on other sitting presidents. This five-time Tony Award winning musical is a cautionary tale about the pain that comes from going too far when you attempt to change a nation forever.

OTHER DESERT CITIES By Jon Robin Baitz Close the Distance. Novelist Brooke Wyeth is about to publish a family secret. Over Christmas in Palm Springs, she tells her parents about her memoir only to find out she has no idea what she is truly revealing. Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, Jon Robin Baitz tells an American story about a politically divided family and the lines we are willing to cross for those we love.

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RENT enjoyed some Golf Cars while they were in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown last month at The Sharon®!

Jeff- Assistant Electrician Mary- Assistant Audio Yulitzin- Head of Hair and Make Up Elyssa- Head of Audio

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